Utilization of Neighborhood Parks for Social Interaction and Recreation: The case of Kolfe Keranyo Sub City, Woreda 7, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa University


Neighborhood parks are located in residential areas throughout the city. Their existence is extremely important. They are an essential component of a thriving, healthy city. They continue to play an important role in building infrastructure for cities – which is essential for creating healthy lifestyles, enhancing the values of urban settings, and providing dynamic and attractive recreation opportunities for citizens. However, from a preliminary study, the existing open spaces expected to serve as a Neighborhood Park are not serving as targets. The main objective of the research is to identify the challenges in the utilization of the Neighborhood Parks and to come up with a recommendation, design, and implementation manual for the utilization of the parks for social interaction and recreation. This research used both qualitative and quantitative data as a methodology. The sample size was calculated using a Raosoft sample size calculator software. The neighborhood parks were classified into three strata and a random sampling method was used to pick samples from each stratum. The data was collected by Observation, questionnaire, interview, focused group discussion, and literature review. The cluster analysis method was used to analyze qualitative data, narrative analysis was used to narrate field level observation while statical analysis method for the quantitative data. The result suggested that most of the community is not using neighborhood parks. The community has mentioned their reason for park nonuse. On this basis, Neighborhood parks can be activated for social interaction and recreation by fulfilling the need of the community.



Neighborhood, Neighborhood Parks, Parks, Social interaction, Recreation